President Joe Biden, talking unexpectedly throughout a go to to the Pennsylvania web site of one of many 9/11 airplane crashes, once more defended the broadly criticized withdrawal from Afghanistan, saying the US couldn’t “invade” each nation the place Al-Qaeda is current.
“May Al-Qaeda come again (in Afghanistan)?” he requested in an change with reporters outdoors a Shanksville hearth station. “Yeah. However guess what, it is already again different locations.”
“What is the technique? Each place the place Al-Qaeda is, we will invade and have troops keep in? C’mon.”
Biden mentioned it had all the time been a mistake to assume Afghanistan could possibly be meaningfully united.
Biden mentioned American forces had achieved their central mission when a particular forces workforce killed Al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden on Might 2, 2011 in a compound in Pakistan.
The US intervention in Afghanistan started after the September 11, 2001 terror assaults, ultimately drawing the US — joined by key allies — into its longest struggle.
Biden had begun his day Saturday in Manhattan, attending a televised ceremony marking the September 11 assaults there.
He had not been scheduled to make public remarks. However requested by a reporter concerning the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan and a subsequent drop in his ballot numbers, he shrugged it off.
“I am an enormous boy,” Biden mentioned. “I have been doing this a very long time.”
However he additionally alluded clearly to 1 supply of that criticism, former President Donald Trump.
Referring to “the stuff that is popping out of Florida,” he talked about a current assertion that if Normal Robert E. Lee — who led the troops of the pro-slavery Confederacy through the Civil Warfare — “had been in Afghanistan, we’d have received.”
The assertion about Lee got here in a press release from Trump, who now lives in Florida.
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